“The greatest glory of a building is in its age and in that deep sense of voicefulness…which we feel in its walls that have been washed by the passing waves of humanity.”
So wrote John Ruskin in 1849 in The Seven Lamps of Architecture.
This awed respect for historic Charleston is a perspective that true Charlestonians have never lost but have sought to preserve. Money is a dangerous thing, and some can go too far in the name of restoration, losing that patina of age that attracted them to purchase their property in the first place.
The greatest brilliance in restoration work is by those who have used intentional restraint. It is these properties that are my favorite ones to show my guests on my private tour.